centering a pieced back

centering a pieced back

Post by Sunn » Tue, 25 Jul 2006 22:52:41



I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
appreciated.

Thanks,
Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Leigh Harri » Tue, 25 Jul 2006 23:18:22


Hi Sunny,

When I did this once, I think I actually put something on the centre of the
quilt back so that I could feel it through from the top. I might have used
pins, but temporarily sewing on a button or bead might work better. If you
also have something marking the centre of the front, then you can lay the
batting and quilt top on the top of the back and feel for the centre to line
it all up. I hope that makes sense. :-) It would probably be good to mark
the centre of each side too to help get it straight, rather than just the
very centre.

There may be other suggestions which are even better (less fiddly) than
this, which I'd love to hear about too, but this did work for me. HTH.
--
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Perth, Western Australia
www.leighharris.info

"Sunny" wrote

Quote:
> I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
> some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
> front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
> it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
> appreciated.

> Thanks,
> Sunny


 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Kay Ah » Tue, 25 Jul 2006 23:51:56


I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
plus sign.
Mark the exact center of each piece.
Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
Match the side marks on the top and the back.

I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
batting in there.  Someone also suggested handbasting along those
folds.

Kay Ahr in NV

Quote:

> I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
> some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
> front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
> it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
> appreciated.

> Thanks,
> Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Pati Coo » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 01:38:06


When I piece a back, I usually do it off center to avoid having to be so
precise about that. <BG>  Only one time did I do a back that really had
to be centered and it was enough of a pain that I try not to have to do
it.  (Note, I also spray baste.)

If you really need to center the back, start by basting the back to the
batting. Then it is easier to center the front to it. Especially if you
trim the batting to the edges of the back and know how much bigger the
back is than the front.

Hope this helps,
Pati, in Phx

Quote:

> I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
> some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
> front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
> it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
> appreciated.

> Thanks,
> Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Sandy Elliso » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 05:04:09


Howdy!

If the back has to be exactly centered length & width
I fold the back to find the exact center, put a BIG safety pin there,
pinning from the "right side" of the fabric so the pin touches the floor.
More BIG pins along the centers of each side.
Then I roll out the batting, smooth, smooth, adjust, gently tug it
into place then smooth some more.  Then I roll the top onto the sandwich
base, feeling for those BIG safety pins to center the top over it.
Place several more pins in a circle around that BIG pin in the middle,
then pin baste toward the outside.

Usually, tho', the backing doesn't need to be quite so fiddly.
As I usually piece the back in 3 sections so there's no center seam
(makes a weak point when the quilt gets folded along the center most often),
I mark that middle strip, both ends, w/ a BIG pin as a guide to lay the top
down on the sandwich base.  Check often to make sure it's all still
centered; I like to baste from one end of the quilt to the other.
  If I use several pieces of fabric to piece the backing I don't
worry about centering, just covering the space.  <g>
   It helps that I use a too-large backing and batting so there's
extra play room.  When done w/ the pin basting I roll the back over
the batting and pin over the top border so there are no unprotected quilt
top edges.    
  Wish you were here so I could show you.  <g>   It's much easier to
show than tell.   ;-D

Ragmop/Sandy

On 7/24/06 9:51 AM, in article

Quote:

> I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
> newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

> Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
> plus sign.
> Mark the exact center of each piece.
> Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
> Match the side marks on the top and the back.

> I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
> batting in there.  Someone also suggested handbasting along those
> folds.

> Kay Ahr in NV


>> I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
>> some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
>> front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
>> it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
>> appreciated.

>> Thanks,
>> Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by blackrosequilt » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 06:21:24


Quote:

> I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
> newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

> Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
> plus sign.
> Mark the exact center of each piece.
> Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
> Match the side marks on the top and the back.

That's how I center circles onto square backgrounds.  It works very well
for that purpose, I can't see why it wouldn't work for centering a top
on a back.

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centering a pieced back

Post by Susan Laity Pric » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 12:37:39


I avoid having to center the pieced back by making sure the piecing is
off center. That way if I miss when putting the layers together it
won't look obvious. If the quilt is slightly larger than the 45" width
of the fabric I split the fabric at about 1/3 the width and insert my
extra fabric. Often this is either blocks or just fabric leftover from
the front. The insert strip is whatever additional  width needed plus
a few inches for good measure. Even if centering wasn't such a problem
I don't think I would have a center seam if avoidable. A center seam
reminds me of the yellow line down the center of the road. It just
isn't the look I want.

Susan


Quote:
>I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
>some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
>front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
>it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
>appreciated.

>Thanks,
>Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Debr » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 15:28:11



Quote:
>I'm hoping some of you talented and experienced quilters can give me
>some pointers on a good way to center placement of a pieced back to the
>front. I like to use spray basting, if that makes a difference (doubt
>it does, but then what do I know?). Any help you can give will be
>appreciated.

>Thanks,
>Sunny

Mark center points on each side of each piece of the sandwich.  Match
all center marks of the batting to the center marks of the backing.
Fold back part of backing, spray, smooth it into place.  Move to other
side repeat.  Match center markings of the top to the center marks on
the batting.  Repeat the folding, spraying, smoothing out process.  

Clear as mud, right?

Debra in VA
See my quilts at
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centering a pieced back

Post by Debr » Wed, 26 Jul 2006 15:38:16



Quote:
>I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
>newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

>Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
>plus sign.
>Mark the exact center of each piece.
>Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
>Match the side marks on the top and the back.

>I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
>batting in there.  Someone also suggested handbasting along those
>folds.

>Kay Ahr in NV

Fold your batting and mark it on the sides the same way.  
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
http://community.webshots.com/user/debplayshere
 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Julia in M » Thu, 27 Jul 2006 01:15:12


Quote:

> If the quilt is slightly larger than the 45" width
> of the fabric I split the fabric at about 1/3 the width and insert my
> extra fabric.

If your backing fabric isn't quite wide enough but you have plenty of
length, you might want to consider John Flynn's method of doing a
diagonal seamed back. It is toward the bottom of the page at
<http://www.flynnquilt.com/freepattern.html> I used his formula to
create a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet to make it easy to calculate backing
requirements for quilts that aren't just a little too wide for a single
width of fabric.

Julia in MN

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centering a pieced back

Post by Kay Ah » Thu, 27 Jul 2006 01:28:04


Quote:


> >I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
> >newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

> >Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
> >plus sign.
> >Mark the exact center of each piece.
> >Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
> >Match the side marks on the top and the back.

> >I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
> >batting in there.  Someone also suggested handbasting along those
> >folds.

> >Kay Ahr in NV

> Fold your batting and mark it on the sides the same way.
> Debra in VA
> See my quilts at
> http://community.webshots.com/user/debplayshere

I'm tempted to baste the batting to only the backing first then put the
top on.
Kay Ahr in NV
 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Debr » Thu, 27 Jul 2006 05:24:40



Quote:



>> >I did it once recently and got the back all crooked!  (So much for
>> >newbie enthusiasm!)  I got some good advice for the next time -----

>> >Fold the back and the top into quarters.  The folds will look like a
>> >plus sign.
>> >Mark the exact center of each piece.
>> >Where the folds end at the sides, mark those places.
>> >Match the side marks on the top and the back.

>> >I haven't tried it yet, so I don't know what happens when I get the
>> >batting in there.  Someone also suggested handbasting along those
>> >folds.

>> >Kay Ahr in NV

>> Fold your batting and mark it on the sides the same way.
>> Debra in VA
>> See my quilts at
>> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

>I'm tempted to baste the batting to only the backing first then put the
>top on.
>Kay Ahr in NV

That's the way to go if you are spray basting.  I don't know how it
would work for thread basting, but you could leave the thread ends
*** out long and still pull them later, I guess.  Pin or gun
basting would have to be done through all three layers at once or
you'd never get the pins or tacks back out of the quilt after the top
is in position.
Debra in VA
See my quilts at
http://www.FoundCollection.com/
 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Sunn » Thu, 27 Jul 2006 05:35:14


Thanks! I used a variation of the button idea and it worked really
well. I like the other ideas too. But the most useful bit of
information I gleaned off this experience is never, ever to piece
another back that needs to be centered exactly. :)

Sunny

 
 
 

centering a pieced back

Post by Cats » Thu, 27 Jul 2006 08:47:33


Or if you do make sure it has WIDE border edges so that a
small amount out will not be glaringly obvious.

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:
: Thanks! I used a variation of the button idea and it
worked really
: well. I like the other ideas too. But the most useful bit
of
: information I gleaned off this experience is never, ever
to piece
: another back that needs to be centered exactly. :)
:
: Sunny
: